D-Ends Prepared For Big Year

With two new starting ends in 2007, the new look Michigan defensive line is about to make waves on the college football nation. What do Tim Jamison and Brandon Graham have in store for 2007? What does Lloyd Carr think about his talented pair of pass rushers?

ANN ARBOR -- With the departures of Lombardi Award winner LaMarr Woodley and veteran pass rusher Rondell Biggs, 2007 was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Michigan defensive line. A combined 18 sacks from the edges now playing football at the next level, both depth and experience became major concerns for the Maize and Blue during spring football.

Tim Jamison, now the Wolverines most experienced defensive end, is expected to lead the defense as the Wolverines enter yet another season with lofty expectations. On the opposite side, Brandon Graham, a former five-star recruit, completes a 1-2 punch that hasn't been seen on campus in Ann Arbor for some time.

Despite that, losses as significant as LaMarr Woodley and Rondell Biggs do not go unnoticed on the college football landscape.

"LaMarr was a great player at the University of Michigan, but he's gone," Jamison said earlier this week. "We're excited because we have a lot of young talent who played last year but didn't get a lot of playing time. They're excited that they'll get that playing time this year."

Expected to step into the role vacated by Woodley is none other than Jamison. After recording five sacks as Woodley's primary back up last season, Jamison is expected to get his first starting experience since joining the Michigan program in the class of 2004.

"I've said this on numerous occasions; Tim Jamison is an extremely intense, competitive guy. He has been set back with injury, but he's really developed," said U-M coach Lloyd Carr. "He's in wonderful shape and has had an outstanding spring and fall. He is a guy that is very, very capable of big plays, and that's what we're expecting him to do. He's a wonderful athlete, has great quickness off the ball, and he's a powerful guy."

Along with Jamison, who is now the active sack leader on the Michigan football team, Graham, a native of Detroit, is expected to fill out a slot in the starting line up. After showing flashes in limited playing time last season, Graham, the No. 14-ranked player in Scout's 2006 recruiting class, is ready to join Jamison in what could be a breakout class for the ages at defensive end.

At 6-foot-2, 270-pounds, Graham is expected to compete as one of the Wolverines most relentless rushers.

"Man he's quick," Jamison said when talking about his opposite number on the defensive line. "Who'll have more sacks? That's a tough one..."

Behind Jamison and Graham, the Wolverines look to Greg Banks and Adam Patterson to provide depth on the outside.

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